Four Seasons welcomes Pio Cesare at next winemaker’s dinner
Italasia and the Four Season’s Chiang Mai are proud to welcome Mr. Pio Boffa
from Pio Cesare wines for an unforgettable winemaker’s dinner on Saturday,
11th of August at the Resort’s spectacular poolside Terraces. The evening
starts with cocktails at 7:00 pm followed by a five-course menu at 8:00 pm.
of the featured wines for the Pio Cesare winemaker’s dinner
Pio Boffa is the fourth generation of the winemaking family at Pio Cesare.
He has led his family’s change into modern winemaking with an approach of
minimal intervention. Year after year, the wines of Pio Cesare have gained
international recognition as some of the world’s best wines. Throughout the
evening, Pio will personally present his wines and explain the different
wines tasted. Each selected wine will be coupled with Italian cuisine,
reflecting the Piedmont region, prepared by his wife, Nicoletta Boffa.
The Pio Cesare wines matched up with cuisine from the Four Seasons Chiang
Mai will include: Pio Cesare Gavi , DOCG, 2003; Pio Cesare Langhe Arneis,
DOC, 2003; Pio Cesare Dolcetto d’Alba DOC; Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba “Fides”
DOC and the Pio Cesare Barolo, DOCG, 1998.
Tickets are Baht 1,900 per person plus applicable taxes and can be reserved
by calling the Resort on 053 289 181 or email:[email protected] fourseasons.com.
Due to limited availability reserving your seat well in advance is
Which is more venomous –
Man or snake?
By Pierre Chaslin, translated from French by David H. Engel
This morning, while pushing back the sliding glass door between my bedroom
and terrace, I discovered the remains of a banded krait, wedged against the
door post. The krait, one of Asia’s five species of extremely venomous and
potentially fatal snakes, is sluggish during the day, but especially active
and dangerous at night. It preys on small mammals, lizards and snakes. But
since several species of poisonous snakes have the habit of slithering down
branches, dropping onto the roof and often squeezing their way into a room,
I have been well advised to prune off the branches that hang over the house.
They say that snakes have a tendency to avoid confrontation and to flee. But
if, unintentionally, you step on a king cobra guarding its brood, beware.
People often think that Asia is swarming with snakes but actually,
encounters are quite rare. Luckily, snakes, as skittish as people, don’t
seem to bother the millions of Thai rice farmers who work barefoot in their
paddies. Of all the sixty four million Thais only four die each year from
snake bites. In any event, if a snake puts in an appearance in a Thai
garden, instead of attempting to kill it, it is better to let it escape on
its own, for it may be the spirit of a family member who has come to protect
the house, or is just visiting for sentimental reasons.
Regardless, our relationship with reptiles is completely irrational. I
recall a Mauritian colleague at Silpakorn University who would shiver and
get gooseflesh at the mere mention of the word “snake”. Then again, Khun
Saree, the mother of my friend Pong, for twenty years treated her snakes
like domestic animals almost as if they were pets. Out of all the lowliest
creatures in this world she had chosen the company of cobras. Whenever I
would visit my friends in their modest cottage in Thonburi, right next to
the Temple of Dawn, I had to gather my courage climbing the open wooden
stairs to get up to the first floor. The snakes lived below. Khun Saree
would calmly walk among them bringing their daily ration of milk, just like
the priestesses of that Indian temple devoted to snakes and to the goddess
Kali. The honeymoon between Khun Saree and the snakes suddenly ended,
however, on the day her little dog was bitten by one of those charming
Khun Saree’s obsession is understandable considering the veneration existing
in a good part of Asia for nagas, those mythical creatures uncoiling along
the stairways of temples. Those stairway serpents, the creeping nagas,
stretch out extremely long like the ones leading to the temple on Doi
Suthep, perched a thousand meters high up on a mountainside in Chiang Mai.
To get there you must climb a stairway of 306 steps bordered on both sides
by nagas covered with green and brown ceramic scales. This remarkable site
was discovered by an aged white elephant belonging to King Kuenna. It was
charged by his master with the task of finding an appropriate site for
burying a relic of the Buddha. After a prolonged wandering search the
elephant finally halted on Doi Suthep and realizing it had at last found the
ideal spot, it died. There a chedi, guarded by an “umbrella naga”, was built
for the relic. The “umbrella naga”, with seven heads, is believed to be a
protector of the Buddha.
This matter of snakes brings to mind a visit I made some time ago to the
mountain resort of Pai. There nature is still intact; the air is still free
of pollution; walking is invigorating. Needless to say, one does see
peripatetic phantoms of farangs rendered almost transparent by drugs. And on
a recent visit to Pai, unsurprisingly, I again glimpsed more drifting
victims of that profitable traffic. But before reaching Pai, passage on the
road was impeded several hours, not by drug traffic, but by a transaction of
unpolluted nature. The macadam of the road surface seemed to be undulating,
like the illusion caused by waves of intense heat. In fact, the whole road
had been invaded by a flood tide of reptiles arriving in wave after wave. I
heard later that they consisted of two hostile dens that had chosen that bit
of tar on which to settle their vendetta.
Seven amazing Thai products
to be marketed to the world
“Amazing Thailand” will remain the tourism marketing brand for the kingdom
next year with a new tagline centered on seven “amazing products” the
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to launch.
TAT Governor, Ms. Phornsiri Manoharn, said the 2008 tourism marketing
strategies would be employed under four key frameworks. She said the brand
awareness of Amazing Thailand would be strengthened to depict the kingdom as
a high-end, safe and distinctive tourist destination.
The other three frameworks include a plan to expand its high-spend tourist
markets such as golfers, families and baby boomers; to maintain its market
share and stimulate repeat visits among leisure tourists; and to increase
the country’s competitive edge through the use of online marketing.
Ms. Phornsiri said tourism products for next year were classified into seven
products: The World’s Friendliness Culture; Land of Heritage and History;
Sun, Surf and Serenity; Your Sense with Unique Trends; The Beauty of Natural
Wonders; The Beauty of Wellness and Wellbeing; and The Land of Year-Round
The country aims to attract a total of 15.7 million visitor arrivals and to
generate foreign tourism revenue of 600 billion baht (US$19.90 billion) next
year. The forecast represents respectively a six per cent and a 10 per cent
increase on the expected 14.8 million foreign tourists and 547.5 billion
baht tourism revenue this year. TTG